Monthly Archives: November 2019

Free Library Continuing Education Events for December



site logoThe December 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 56 webinars and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

New Books at the WSL



The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

The theory and craft of digital preservation
Owens, Trevor
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

The complete guide to RFPs for libraries
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]

Library Funding Depends on Census



new analysis released November 18 reveals that more than $1 billion in federal funding for libraries will be allocated to states based on the 2020 Census. Published by Professor Andrew Reamer of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy at George Washington University, the study pinpoints the financial impact the census will have on libraries.

ALA President Wanda Brown said, “This study demonstrates why a complete count in the 2020 Census is so important to libraries. A fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census means that libraries in each state will receive their fair share of federal funding.”

The population count in the decennial census determines the level of funding allotted to each state through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The legislation’s Grants to States program provides federal funding to state library agencies to support libraries in their state. The program is one of more than 300 federal programs that allocates funding to local communities based on data derives from the Census.

In fiscal year 2019, Congress provided more than $160 million for LSTA Grants to States. Thus, if Congress provides level or increased funding each year over the next decade, the results of the 2020 Census will determine the allocation of more than $1 billion in funding for libraries.

For information on the impact of federal funds in Wyoming libraries, click here.

The American Library Association (ALA) has been preparing libraries for the impact the decennial census will have on local library resources and staff and is encouraging libraries to partner with community organizations to achieve an accurate count. ALA will hold a free webinar, “Library Programs and Partnerships in the 2020 Census,”on December 16, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. MST.

For more information on ALA efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit www.ala.org/census. Along with ALA’s Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, the site includes links to webinars and tip sheets on specific topics related to libraries’ role in the census, such as outreach to historically undercounted groups and partnering with state and local Complete Count Committees.

To connect on social media, follow @ALALibrary#CountOnLibraries#2020Census.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 25



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 25 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MST

Tuesday, Nov 26 (6-7:30 pm)
Low-Tech and No-Tech STEM (OK2Ask)
In this session we will share a few no-tech and low-tech STEM activities, for those educators with limited tech options or simply looking for a no-tech or low-tech STEM lesson. Management is key in any classroom, but when working in cooperative groups, it is imperative. During the session, we will reflect on the activity suggestions and discuss possible management concerns.

Wednesday, Nov 27 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
New special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

WSL Closed on Thanksgiving Day



The Wyoming State Library will be closed Thursday, November 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 29.

Image: Thanksgiving proclamation from J.A. Campbell, the first Governor of the Territory of Wyoming, from the front page of the November 9, 1869, Cheyenne Leader. Click for larger image, or find this and more in Wyoming Newspapers.

Govinfo Tutorials and Handouts



From govinfo

Two of the many useful resources available on the govinfo help pages are tutorials and handouts.

The video tutorials offer guidance in navigating GPO’s govinfo for both novice and advanced users. Learn how to perform various types of searches, narrow search results, browse, and more. Recordings are brief—most under 10 minutes in length. Suggest a tutorial or handout!

Many other useful resources are available in the help section of the site, including a resource list, search tips, using search operators, URL structure, and detailed information on each collection.

Tidbits from the Trustee Corner



The Trustee Corner from the Colorado Virtual Library is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. This information from their October 2019 issue was written by Crystal Schimpf, Public Library Specialist, Leadership & Community Development at Colorado State Library.

Trustees play an essential role in shaping the public image of the library and being a positive influencer in the community. Keep reading for tips, resources, and library news that will inspire you to become an even better advocate for your library.

Cultivating Local Notables

Who else in your community might be good advocates for the library? The Cultivating Local Notables Toolkit from the American Library Association (ALA) provides tips and guidance on how to identify well-known community members and ask for their help with library advocacy efforts.

Palaces for the People

Public libraries are an essential part of social infrastructure. Sociologist Eric Klinenberg writes about the importance of libraries in healthy communities in his book Palaces for the People. In December 2018, Eric spoke to librarians of the New York Public Library in a live interview, which you can listen to in The Librarian is In podcast, episode 121.

Tips for Trustees: Community Engagement

Interested in ideas for how to be better engaged as a library advocate in your community? Review these tips taken from the Colorado Public Library Board & Trustees Pocket Handbook.

The effective trustee will:

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  • Understand and be able to articulate the library’s mission.
  • Be familiar with and support the library services and programs.
  • Keep the lines of communication open between the trustees, the director, the community, and local government officials.
  • Foster community involvement with the library.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with the Friends of the Library and/or Library Foundation.
  • Never miss an opportunity/occasion to build goodwill for the library.

Trustee Trouble: Advocacy

Being a community advocate for the library isn’t easy. To learn about some of the challenges and pitfalls, watch the short video Trustee Trouble: Advocacy created by the Wyoming State Library.

ALA Trustee Citation

Does your library have trustee who deserves recognition at the national level? The Trustee Citation is an award given by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize public library Trustees for distinguished service to library development. The winner will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in June 2020. Submit an application by January 10, 2020.

Story Time from Space!



From the Idaho Commission for Libraries November 2019 Scoop newsletter

Imagine astronauts on the International Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space! Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation. This month’s story time is A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi, illustrated by Ashley White, and read by U.S. astronaut Dr. Serena Auñón-Chencellor from the airlock of the space station. You can also check out their directory to view recordings of previous story times from space.

November 2019 Outrider Now Available



Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the November 2019 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Free Cataloging Resources and Training



Are you new to the wonderful world of cataloging?  Maybe you haven’t thought about cataloging since library school and your new job requires a memory jog?

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission compiled a list of cataloging resources and training opportunities to build your skills that we’re reposting here, with some Wyoming-specific resources included.

WebJunction training

Resources from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library of Congress:

Videos:

These two YouTube videos may be helpful:

Books:

The Wyoming State Library has books for beginning catalogers in our catalog, including:

These books are available to you through interlibrary loan, or stop by our building if you’re here in Cheyenne. Questions about our professional collection may be directed to Brian Greene, Library Development Manager, at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.